Butlins: Escaped Lion Story

We read recently that an alleged escaped lion from Butlins camp in 1933 was a a publicity stunt dreamed up by Billy Butlin himself !  The stunt caused widespread fear in the Sussex, Bognor Regis area and ended with various parties being summoned to court.

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The summonses alleged that at the parish of Bognor Regis they had unlawfully conspired, combined, confederated, and agreed together to “commit a public mischief” and, by false statements, “to wit that a lion, which was being transported in a motor vehicle had escaped and was at large” near Bognor Regis.

Quite funny now but the local were not laughing at the time?
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